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  1. This will be the kit I will be using for this STGB: As you can probably see from the artwork on the back of the box - this is a simplified Dragon kit with far fewer parts than their usual offerings: I'm also going to include some figures from MiniArt: I may also make base for it to go on. I'm really looking forward to getting started next weekend. Kind regards, Stix
  2. Panzer IV Ausf. J Sd.Kfz.161/2 1 SS Pz. Div. 723 Normandy 1944 This was my second build for the Panzer IV Single Type Group Build. It was a nice kit to make (as all Tamiya 1/48 AFV kits, I have made, seem to be} and I had my first go at using Tamiya's aftermarket Zimmerit stickers, which seemed to fit well despite being badged for their Ausf. H version. It was finished in a bit of a rush - to make sure it was completed for the end of the GB (tomorrow) so I didn't add any stowage (apart from the bucket - gotta have a bucket....apparently) or figures or make a base. It was still a very enjoyable build. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Tamiya Zimmerit stickers (the set for the H version - which fit fine), Vallejo European Thick Mud, stretch sprue aerial and a bucket Build thread: Here And a few on my Spitfire display base with some grass matting underneath: Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment in my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  3. Now I have almost finished my 1/35 Dragon/Platz Ausf.D kit I decided that, having seen so many wonderful 1/48 versions finished and still in progress, that I'd like to have a go at one too. I'm going to make the J version that came with the metal lower hull. I am going to make it as an earlier J version which will require Zimmerit. For this I'm going to use Tamiya's Zimmerit stickers that were made for their H version kit. I have both kits and, upon checking, I made sure most of the kit is the same base kit as the H. As I said - the tub is metal in the J version kit but when I checked the Zimmerit stickers against it they seemed to fit fine. So - this is the box: ....and the contents: Detail looks good: The metal hull: Decals: Sample of the instructions: The Zimmerit stickers I will use: I have made a start over the weekend. First job was to test the fit of the Zimmerit stickers for the sides of the lower hull. They seemed to fit fine: Then I fitted the front plastic section and it's stickers: Same with the rear of the hull: The plastic parts are all the same as in the H version of the kit so the stickers should all fit fine from now on. Then I got the suspension parts fitted to the sides: It's been fun so far. Hopefully I will get chance to do a bit more on this in the evenings. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  4. This was my project for the Panzer IV Single Type Group Build. The kit is a much simplified Dragon kit with far fewer parts than their usual offerings but the detail seems pretty good all the same. It was actually a really fun kit to make. Kit: 1/35 Dragon/Platz Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brushes Figures: MiniArt Special Edition German Tank Crew Base: 3mm MDF, Wilko picture frame, Household Filler, Vallejo European Mud, Woodlands Scenics Blended and other turfs, Army Painter tufts and grasses WIP: Here Vignette style photos: Here Some photos - first without the picture frame: Some closer views: .......and on it’s Wilko's picture frame base: I also took some vignette style photos of it on my Spitfire display base: The rest of these can be found: Here Kind regards, Stix
  5. This was my project for the Panzer IV Single Type Group Build. The kit is a much simplified Dragon kit with far fewer parts than their usual offerings but the detail seems pretty good all the same. It was actually a really fun kit to make. The photos below were taken on my Spitfire display base. Kit: 1/35 Dragon/Platz Pz.Kpfw.IV Ausf.D Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brushes Figures: MiniArt Special Edition German Tank Crew Base: 3mm MDF, Wilko picture frame, Household Filler, Vallejo European Mud, Woodlands Scenics Blended and other turfs, Army Painter tufts and grasses WIP: Here Lots more photos of the Pz.IV and crew: Here From above: And this is what it looks like on it's Wilko's picture frame base: Kind regards, Stix
  6. Tiger ‘131’ is probably one of the best-known Tiger 1s and is currently the only operational Tiger 1 in the world. Captured by the British in Tunisia, in April 1943, it is now at The Tank Museum at Bovington, UK. As part of this project for the MTO II GB, I wanted to include some figures representing some of the crew and possibly their commander. There is still and air of mystery around the crew and some sources suggest that at least some of the crew survived the war but their identities have not, as far as I am aware, been revealed yet. I have included a photo below of the crew figures with '131' below but more can be found in the diorama and vignette section. *While doing some research for the project I also found out more about '131' that I didn't know. Some of you may be already aware of this, but I managed to miss it last year. It turns out that, as of September 2017, new research has shown that '131' was probably disabled quite a few miles away from where originally thought. The new location is at Point 174 rather than near Djebel Djaffa. Anyway - rather than me re-explaining it - more information can be found here: http://tankmuseum.org/year-news/bovnews63935 and here: http://blog.tiger-tank.com/tanks/happened-point-174-part-vi/- For this build I used Dragon's kit of '131' (Kit No. 6820). David Byrden was involved with the kit so it is considered to be quite accurate although David suggests some modifications on his Tiger1.info website http://tiger1.info/models/products-page/DR6820 to further improve it's accuracy. This was my first Tiger 1 in 1/35 and, I have to say, I had a great time building it. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6820 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Weathering: Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud Extras: Stretched sprue aerial, Lead wire for smoke launchers WIP: Here Vignette RFI: Here And finally just one to show it with it's base and figures: More photos of '131' with the figures and base can be found here. Thank you must go to everyone who contributed to my build thread in the MTO II GB and I'm really looking forward to making another 1/35 Tiger 1.......maybe with Zimmerit next time! Kind regards, Stix
  7. These are my two builds for the Eleventh Hour: Commemorating the end of the Great War - Group Build. These two were my first ever World War 1 tank builds and I thoroughly enjoyed making them both - they are fascinating vehicles in their own right. I had planned on doing a much more detailed scene but realised I was starting to run out of time to do anything too complex in case I didn't get it completed before the close of the GB at midnight today. The scene itself is set very late on in the conflict and I was imagining what the thoughts of the British crew must have been about the idea of the rotating turret on the FT-17. Kits: 1/35 Takom and Meng Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brush Figures: Master Box Base: Wilko picture frame, pizza box base styrene, Polyfiller and various scatter materials and tufts from Jarvis, Woodlands Scenics and Army Painter. WIP thread: Here Whippet RFI: Here FT-17 RFI: Here The photos below were taken on my Spitfire display base which has the sky backdrop: Some photos of the vignette in it's picture frame base: Finally thank you to Robert Stuart for hosting the excellent GB and anyone who commented or offered advice in my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  8. daront

    Panzer IV

    Hello All. I have been visiting the forum for a number of months now however i have yet to post any WIPs. The vast majority of my models are normally 1/72 scale aircraft and normally painted when i have been deployed for something to do to pass the time. I kinda fell out of love with modelling as i never managed to achieve good results, also having a baby kinda threw a spanner in the works with free time, however after seeing the work done by PlaStix, who i owe a huge thank you too i dug out an old Panzer i had semi started and have been trying lots of new techniques and just experimenting really. So this is where i am so far, OOB, however i have been experimenting with the painting and using it as a test bed for future tanks. 20190103_150143 by daron trevascus, on Flickr This is where it was when i got her out of the garage, put together with a basic paint job 20190102_185246 by daron trevascus, on Flickr Since then i have been working on the wheels and treads 20190102_185024 by daron trevascus, on Flickr This is where she sits now. need to do some more weathering at a later date. 20190105_172032 by daron trevascus, on Flickr Again big thanks to PlaStix, for his help and support and will continue to update when i can. Regards Daron
  9. This was my build for the Gumman GB and I used Airfix's relatively new tool 1/72 kit. It was a nice kit to build and I made it as the aircraft of Capt. Marion E. Carl, VMF-223, United States Marine Corps, Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, September 1942. I had originally thought of doing the model with it's wings folded but decided I'd prefer to display it in flight over water. I haven't modelled water before and I have an idea for a project next year which may include scenic water - so I took the opportunity to try out some ideas. I think it worked okay. I didn't have time to motorise this aircraft like I have done with some others so instead I used PE PropBlurs. Kit: 1/72 Airfix - A02070 Extras: PropBlurs Paints: Revell and Humbrol Acrylics all applied by brush Base: MDF and filler. Clear perspex rod. The WIP can be found here. Now some photos which include the base: Thank you to everyone who commented and offered support or advice in my build thread and thank you to @TEMPESTMK5 for hosting the GB. Kind regards, Stix
  10. This is one of my two builds for the Eleventh Hour: Commemorating the end of the Great War - Group Build. Information about the Medium Mark A Whippet can be found here. This was a good kit to build and, despite some odd shapes to fit together around the crew compartment, it goes together very well. I made this to be part of a small vignette together with a Renault FT-17 and a few figures from Master Box. The RFI photos of the FT-17 can be found here. Kit: 1/35 Takom Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brush Extras: None for the tank itself just some stowage items from the Meng FT-17 kit and Academy. Most of the weathering was done with acrylic paints and the mud is from Vallejo. WIP thread: Here Vignette photos can be found: Here. [ A couple of photos of this and the FT-17 on the base: Finally thank you to Robert Stuart for hosting the excellent GB and anyone who commented or offered advice in my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  11. This is the kit I am hoping to build, but it will depend on how well I get on finishing my current builds in the Eleventh Hour GB and how much time I have before the Panzer IV STGB starts on December 15th, which I am co-hosting. It will be a while before I actually start this. Kind regards , Stix
  12. This is one of my two builds for the Eleventh Hour: Commemorating the end of the Great War - Group Build. Information about the Renault FT-17 can be found here. This was fascinating little kit to build which went together very well. This was the first AFV kit that I have built which included some of the interior – hence the reason I left the driver’s hatches open. I made this to be part of a small vignette together with a Mark A Whippet and a few figures from Master Box. The RFI photos of the Whippet can be found here. Kit: 1/35 Meng Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylic paints all applied by brush Extras: None. Most of the weathering was done with acrylic paints and the mud is from Vallejo. WIP thread: Here Vignette photos can be found: Here A couple of photos of the FT-17 and Whippet on the vignette base: Finally thank you to Robert Stuart for hosting the excellent GB and anyone who commented or offered advice in my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  13. "Report back........not bring it back!!" M4A1 vignette This was my project for the M3/M4 Sherman, Single Type Group Build down in the Group Build Section. On 9th June 1944 M4A1 Sherman Tank 'Goldie' was part of the 66th Armoured Regiment that landed at Normandy. During the landing it was fitted with wading gear but this was removed shortly after it arrived. A week after arriving the 66th was part of the 2nd Armoured Regiment and took part in the 'Battle of Bloody Gulch' which took place near Carentan. The German forces in the battle were made up from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division and 6th Fallschirmjäger Regiment. American forces consisted of the 501st, 502nd and 506th, Parachute Infantry Regiments of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, reinforced by the U.S. 2nd Armored Division of which 'Goldie' was a part. The German forces were decisively defeated during the battle and the American victory led to the linkup of forces from Utah and Omaha beaches, creating a secure lodgement area for further American operations. The headquarters of the German forces during the battle was a manor house in the area and the American soldiers nicknamed the road running past the manor "Bloody Gulch" after a place mentioned in a popular western movie. I have modelled my version on how 'Goldie' may have looked travelling across the countryside on it's way towards Carentan. The Vignette - One of the things that bugged me while I was making this project was that the tank commander figure seemed to be smiling - it just didn't seem to fit with the idea I originally had. So I tried to think of things that might have made him smile on the way to battle over the fields near Carentan. I have made scenes before where I have used road signs to indicate the location and then it dawned on me I could make the scene as if one of the crew had been sent to check out what the road sign on the other side of the fence said - but, rather than reading it and reporting back, he's broken it off and is carrying it back. In my head the crew member next to the Sherman is saying "He said report back...not bring it back!!...." .....anyway........ Kit: 1/35 Eduard/Tasca Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch Acrylics all applied by brush. Extras: Tank figures set from Dragon , stowage items from AFV CLUB, Tamiya and Dragon, plus Towing Cable wire kindly supplied by @modelling minion Base: MDF, filler, Woodlands Scenics mixed turf and various tufts from Army Painter. The fencing was made from wooden coffee stirrers and the signs are from Matho Models. The puddles were made from layers of Humbrol Enamel Gloss Varnish. WIP: Here More photos of just the Sherman and base, without the background, can be found here: in the RFI section These photos below were taken on my Spitfire display base which has a sky backboard: A couple of the above in black & white: ...and finally a photo of the base before the Sherman and figures were added: This was a thoroughly enjoyable project made in a great GB. It was the first all Armour GB on Britmodeller and the hosts @Sgt.Squarehead and @Ozzy were very attentive and supportive. Thanks must also go to everyone who took the time to comment or offer advice in my thread. Kind regards, Stix
  14. These two will be my entry for this GB: I am happy to be corrected, but I think these types of tank never actually fought alongside each other and, from looking at a map of where these two were operational, they may not have ever have met - but I'm going to do a chance meeting while heading to battle (if that's okay with @Robert Stuart). I have found this one photo so far: but I think it's possibly post war as, to me, it looks like the armament is missing. I have some figures to go with my possible scene: I'm really looking forward to getting started on these. I haven't made any WW1 armour before so it's hopefully going to an interesting experience. Kind regards, Stix
  15. Well it's been a while since I posted anything in this section but I have just finished my build of Tamiya's 1/48 Razorback Thunderbolt in the P-47 STGB. I have built it as the P-47D of Captain Walker "Bud" Mahurin in 1944. Captain Mahurin was the first American pilot to become a double ace in the European Theatre. According to Wikipedia he was the only United States Air Force pilot to shoot down enemy planes in both the European and Pacific Theatres and the Korean War. During World War II he was credited with 20.75 aerial victories, making him the sixth-highest American P-47 ace. He was credited with shooting down 3.5 MiG-15s in Korea, giving him a total of 23.25 aircraft destroyed in aerial combat. More information about him can be found here. I had a thoroughly enjoyable time building this Razorback P-47 - just like the 'Bubbletop' version from Tamiya (which I made a couple of year's back ) it is a beautifully detailed and very well engineered kit. Kit: Tamiya 1/48 Republic P-47D Thunderbolt "Razorback" Paints: Revell, Humbrol and Citadel Acrylics all applied by brush Extras: Various sizes of lead wire for wiring - break lines, etc. - and some styrene in the cockpit and wheelwells. Work In Progress thread: Here This first set of photos was taken on my Spitfire display base with the photo backdrop and Gaugemaster Meadow mat over the base: This second set of photos was taken against a white backdrop - I always think the colours show up better with a white background: Some photos of the undersides: The cockpit before being sealed up: I had intended to make this a really weathered version of a P-47D but, when I looked at the photos of the actual aircraft from that period, it looked in pretty good shape and certainly wasn't heavily weathered. So I cut back on what was going to do in terms of weathering. I was going to do a lot of chipping but ended up doing a lot more subtle version - so much so, that in most photos it doesn't really show. This photo shows some of the restrained chipping I ended up applying: And finally a couple in black & white: As I mentioned earlier - this was a thoroughly enjoyable project and part of that was due to the fellow modellers who contributed with advice and support in my build thread - thank you to anyone who took the time to comment. I would also like to thank TEMPESTMK5 for hosting the great STGB. Kind regards, Stix
  16. Tiger ‘131’ is probably one of the best-known Tiger 1s and is currently the only operational Tiger 1 in the world. Captured by the British in Tunisia, in April 1943, it is now at The Tank Museum at Bovington, UK. As part of this project for the MTO II GB, I wanted to include some figures representing some of the crew and possibly their commander. There is still and air of mystery around the crew and some sources suggest that at least some of the crew survived the war but their identities have not, as far as I am aware, been revealed yet. My vignette is set before the capture of "131" and I was wondering what it must have been like for the crew as they were preparing for their encounter with the enemy. I have tried to show them planning their next move. Kit: Dragon 1/35 No.6820 Paints: Humbrol, Revell, Citadel and Railmatch all applied by brush Weathering: Paints plus Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud Extras: Stretched sprue aerial, Lead wire for smoke launchers Base: 4 MDF, Filler, Vallejo Thick Light Mud and Light Splash Mud, Army Painter tufts, Dragon DS Cacti Figures: Master Box WIP thread: Here "131" on its own RFI: Here I also took a few with a desert backdrop: This final photo kind of represents what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to do one of those scenes that looks a little staged but didn't want the crew just looking at the camera. It would be interesting to know what happened. Thank you to everyone who contributed to my build thread. Kind regards, Stix
  17. I thoroughly enjoyed my build of Tamiya's 1/48 Bubbletop P-47 in the last STGB: so I thought I'd try the Razorback for this one. This is going to have to be a quick build as I have plans for other builds in other GBs. In fact this will be the first time for a while that I will have several builds on the go at the same time. I'm still finishing off Tiger 1 '131' in the MTO II GB at the moment. Box art: Typical Tamiya instructions: Sprues: Decals: And this is the one I'm going to make it as: .....partly because there are less complicated decals to apply and partly because I reckon there's probably less of this one built because it doesn't have any nice nose art. I will try and get something started on this today and, I have to say, I'm really looking forward to building another of Tamiya's lovely Thunderbolts. Kind regards, Stix
  18. Really looking forward to this GB and the chance to build my first 1/35 Tiger I. And I figured, because this is my first 1/35 Tiger I, I ought to build the famous '131' Tiger I that was captured in North Africa. More details can be found here on Wikipedia, but here is a brief introduction from that page: It was shipped to Tunisia between 12 March and 16 April 1943. The tank was assigned to No. 3 Platoon in No. 1 Company of the 504th Schwere Heerespanzerabteilung during the North African Campaign. It was given the turret number 131 by which it Is now very well known and is now at The Tank Museum in Bovington. It is currently the only operational Tiger I in existence. The Germans were aware that the Allies were preparing a major push towards Tunis and so set up an attack on the night of 20th April 1943. Four points were attacked simultaneously, including a pass on the north side of a hill called Djebel Djaffa*. Two Tigers and several other Panzers advanced through this pass before dawn, and were gradually driven back during the day. Tiger 131 was hit by three shots from British Churchill tanks of A Squadron, 4 Troop of the 48th Royal Tank Regiment. A solid shot hit the Tiger's gun barrel and ricocheted into its turret ring, jamming its traverse, wounding the driver and front gunner and destroying the radio. A second shot hit the turret lifting lug, disabling the gun's elevation device. The third shot hit the loader's hatch, deflecting fragments into the turret. The German crew bailed out, taking their wounded with them and leaving the knocked-out (but still drivable and largely intact) tank behind. Their identity and fate are unknown. The tank was secured by the British as they captured Djebel Djaffa hill. * Photo after 131 had been captured: The photo is from http://ww2live.com/en/content/world-war-2-28-stunning-images-german-tanks-knocked-out-abandoned-and-captured-tunisa. I can remove this photo if there are any problems with having it here. The kit I'm going to use: Some details from the back of the box: I'm hoping to make a start over the Bank Holiday weekend but I also need to finish the Hurricane I'm building in the Hawker Siddeley GB. I've also got some figures to go with it so a small vignette might be a possibility. Can't wait to get started. Kind regards, Stix * Edit 11/07/18 - Djebel Djaffa hill - this location may now not be accurate More information can be found here:
  19. Hawker Hurricane Mk.I R4118 Take off at the Victory Show 2015 Well it's been a while since I have posted anything in this section but here is my project from the recent Hawker (Siddeley) GB. The project itself started when I discovered that the 1/48 new tool Airfix kit, I had in the stash, included the decals for the restored version of Mk.I Hurricane R4118 which I had seen at the Victory Show in 2015. I had taken lots of photos of it at the show and also taken some video of it in flight and taking off. I am very lucky in that we live less than a mile from where the Victory Show takes place and can walk there. We also get quite a few of the aircraft flying over our house depending on the display lines. For more details about R4118 there is a great website with loads of fantastic photos and information which can be found here. My build was pretty straight forward but I discovered fairly early on that, although R4118 can be in theory built from the kit, there are some differences between what's in the box and some areas of the restored version. @Troy Smith first alerted me to the fact that the restored version has a different spinner and tailwheel. Troy very kindly offered to send me the correct versions which he did and I have included them on my build. Studying the photos I had taken at the airshow (here and here) and on the R4118 website also demonstrated I needed to add a few other bits and pieces if I was going to make it closer to the actual restored version I had seen. Kit: 1/48 Airfix Hawker Hurrican Mk.I (new tool) A05127 Paints: Revell, Humbrol and Vellejo acrylics applied by brush Extras: Airfix propeller motor, Hurricane Rotol spinner and 'knuckle' tailwheel courtesy of @Troy Smith Undercarriage break lines from lead wire Radiator intake rod from styrene rod Carburettor air intake grill - Eduard PE part from set for Italeri MkI Hurricane Propeller decals from Italeri MkI Hurricane kit Aerial wires (?) - from EZLine Aerial wire brackets - styrene Aerial wire adjuster - PVA glue Various rods and bits on the upper fuselage and nose - styrene rod Base - Wilko picture frame with Gaugemaster grass mat Support - 6mm aluminium tube Battery holder, wires and switch WIP: Here My video of R4118 taking off at the Victory Show in 2015: Here Wobbly video of the propeller running on my kit: Here The first set of photos here were taken with my Spitfire display base as a background - it has a sky backdrop: This next set is against a plain white background. The first photo shows the prop when its not spinning: [/url] This one from below was taken before the kit was finished: The main difficulty for me was not doing much weathering. With previous aircraft builds I have a added a fair amount but, as this was done as the restored version at the Victory Show in 2015, I wanted to do it as clean as it actually was. While building mine I kept seeing other models of beautifully weathered Hurricanes and thinking I could just add...........but didn't. The Hawker (Siddeley) GB was thoroughly enjoyable and thanks to @Col. for suggesting and being the host of the GB. Thank you to everyone, especially @Troy Smith, for all the support and comments during my build. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  20. Mk.I Hurricane - L1592 KW-Z No.615 Squadron, RAF Kenley, England, August 1940 Kit: Airfix 1/72 Starter Set Extras: PropBlur, EZ Line aerial cable and some scratchbuilt bits and pieces - gun-sight, struts in the radiator, etc. I also thinned the trailing edge of the wings and removed the fabric moulding behind the armament bays - this work included a small amount of re-scribing. Paints: Revell and Humbrol acrylics all applied by brush. The base was made a while back for my first 1/72 Spitfire and all I have done is add the clear perspex rod to display the Hurricane. WIP: Here This was my first build for the Hurricane Group Build and represents a number of firsts for me. It's the first time I have built a Hurricane since returning to the hobby. It's the first time I have risked doing any changes to the basics of a kit - I did some fairly serious thinning of the trailing edges of the wings, removed the fabric moulding behind the armament bays and did a bit of re-scribing - all, I have to say, following the examples and suggestions of fellow Britmodellers. It is only the second time* I have done an aircraft in flight rather than wheels down - although I have done this one as if it has just taken off - with the undercarriage partway up - again based on some examples from other modellers on here. My original intention was to display this and the other Hurricane I am building in the GB in a sort of diorama - but I think I'm going to be struggling for time to get the other one completed by the end of the GB - hence the reason why I'm posting this now. Please note in the first two photos I have removed the clear perspex rod in Photoshop. To take the photos I placed the base for the Hurricane on my Spitfire display shelf that has the sky image as a backdrop. A couple to show how it looks on the base: And finally one to show the underside: EDIT 27/04/16 - self-indulgence time - some Photoshop versions of three of the photos above: I do apologise about the number of photos!! I took many more than this and it took me a while to whittle them down to this many!! The kit just seemed to lend itself to being photographed. Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix *Edit - I had originally posted that this was my first aircraft in flight model but Giemme reminded me that it's actually my second! I'd completely forgotten my 1/72nd Typhoon build for the D-Day GB - doh! Thank you Giemme - you've got a fantastic memory!
  21. Hello again folks, I'd like to share my newly finished Airfix P-40B in 112 Squadron markings. The kit was absolutely great to build and is on par engineering wise with Tamiya et al. A very enjoyable project, and i will be sorely tempted to get another. I didn't particularly want to do the kit finishing options of the Pearl Harbour or Flying Tigers markings so i rummaged around in my spare transfers box for the ones i eventually used. These are from an old Aeromaster set and depict the Tomahawk of Australian Ace Jack Bartle from Landing Ground 102 Egypt Oct 1941. This particular aircraft AN413 was personalised by Bartle with the name Nan below the cockpit. Unfortunately the set i have doesn't have the kangaroo he also added, and i'm not arty enough to go painting skippy on the nose! The decals themselves were a bit thick, and i knew i had no hope of getting the sharkmouth to conform to the contours of the nose so i painted my own. The whole model is brush painted in acrylics. I hope you like... IMG_2768 IMG_2767 by [url IMG_2766 IMG_2765 IMG_2763 IMG_2762 IMG_2737 IMG_2739 IMG_2746 IMG_2747 IMG_2748 Well thats plenty to be getting on with. Thanks for looking. Cheers Greg
  22. JGSDF TYPE 10 TANK Tamiya 1/48 This kit was my project for the Britmodeller 10th Anniversary Group Build. Before starting making this kit I was not aware of this tank at all. I did a bit of checking up on the details and this is a sort of summary from various sources, including Wikipedia and Brett Green's review on missing-lynx.com: JGSDF's Type 10 is a fourth generation main battle tank designed as a replacement for the retired Type 74 and the currently serving Type 90 tanks. Work started on the Type 10 in 1996 and over 100 are currently in service. Weighing in at 44 tons, the Type 10 is six tons lighter than the Type 90 and smaller than its predecessors, but it still manages to pack a wallop thanks to its Japan Steel Works 120 mm smooth-bore cannon. The Type 10's cannon is fitted with an auto-loader which means only three crew members are needed – a Commander, driver and gunner. A coaxial machine gun is fitted, and a further external .50 cal may be fitted to the Commander’s cupola. The Type 10’s uses a nano-crystal steel and modular ceramic composite armour which has significantly improved its defensive capabilities compared to the Type 90. Power is supplied by a 1,200 hp V8 diesel engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission, delivering a top speed of 70 km/h in both directions. The Type 10 also features Hydropneumatic Active Suspension which allows it to adjust its stance and absorbs recoil when firing. The Type 10 tank is equipped with something called a C4I system (Command, Control, Communication, Computer & Intelligence). This can be incorporated into the JGSDF network to enable sharing of information among tanks, as well as connected to the infantry's outdoor computer network "Regiment Command Control System" (ReCS) to facilitate integrated military operations with the infantry troops. As usual with Tamiya 1/48 AFV kits, this was a pleasure to build. Kit: 1/48 Tamiya Kit No. 32588 Paints: Revell, Humbrol, Citadel and Railmatch acrylics all applied by paintbrush. EDIT - THERE IS A LINK IN MY SIGNATURE AT THE BOTTOM OF MY POSTS TO A VIDEO SHOWING HOW I DID SOME OF THE PAINTING ON THIS TANK Extras: Wire mesh (from a cooking spaltter guard) for inside the rear turret basket, aerials from stretched sprue and headlight guards made from scrap PE grills. WIP: Here This tank has a lot of surface detailing on the upper surfaces which I think Tamiya has captured really well: Tamiya also included a commander figure: As the light was quite nice the day before yesterday I took some photos of the Type 10 on my Spitfire display base which includes a sky background: This was my first proper larger scale modern tank build and the weathering of it was trickier than I expected. With the WW2 AFVs I usually build I feel I can usually get away with slightly heavier weathering whereas most photos of this tank online seem to show it on parade grounds or taking part in demonstrations and exercises. There are some very dusty or dirty versions but nothing really worn. I have seen a rather well worn/weathered version in a magazine but it looked like it had been in very heavy fighting for many years. So on mine I opted for some light weathering here and there. Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment in my build thread and to the hosts of the GB. Kind regards, Stix PS The poll is now open in the M3/M4 Medium Tank STGB - make sure your cast you vote!
  23. It's going to be a while before I actually start this GB build because I've got two other GB builds on the go already - one on the way to being complete - the other hardly started. It looks like I'm going to be the obvious one who makes a Hurricane Mk.I - everyone else who has started their build threads so far seems to be going for more adventurous projects. Oh well....... This is the kit - Airfix's new tool 1/48 version: And I'm going to make it as this version: .......basically because I was lucky enough to see it at the Victory Show a couple of years back - the show takes place less than a mile from our house and the aircraft fly over us all weekend. A few photos from the airshow: If you would like to know more about the actual aircraft there is a website: www.hurricaneheritage.com I also took some close-ups of lots of the detail - which I hope will be useful and I have some video of it too - on the ground and in flight. If I get time I'm currently planning to motorise the prop and have it displayed in flight. If I think time is going to be too tight I may do it without the motor and display it on the ground - we'll see. One thing - I won't have to worry about much weathering! Comments and suggestions welcome. Kind regards, Stix
  24. This will be my entry for this GB: I won’t be starting it just yet as I've another GB project to finish first. I will hopefully post some photos of the contents of the box and a bit of information about the actual tank itself soon. Kind regards, Stix
  25. Time to declare my build for this first armour STGB. It has been a bit of a struggle to decide what to build and I've been torn between several different scales and manufacturers before going back to my original choice. I've re-decided on Eduard's reboxing of Tasca's M4A1 (Tasca kit number 35010). I've recently completed another 1/35 build which I thoroughly enjoyed so thought I'd stick in the same scale. So this is the kit box: ..........you can also see I've recently picked up the Haynes Owners Workshop Manual for £6 Good timing from the Works! I'm going to build the kit as “Goldie”: ...which landed at Normandy on June 9th and took part in the Battle of Bloody Gulch near Carentan, France, a week later. As I mentioned above the kit is a reboxing of Tasca's kit but includes some nice Photoetch from Eduard - although the version I'm building doesn’t use all of it: Looking forward to the weekend. Kind regards, Stix
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